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【Food】Sweets using “Matcha” Powder2015.09.07

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The preparation of “Matcha” is the focus of Japanese meditative tea ceremonies, and it has long been associated with “Zen.” Unlike traditional green tea, “Matcha” preparation involves shading the tea plants before harvest. This creates leaves with better flavor and texture. The leaves are then briefly steamed, dried, grounded and refrigerated, which results in a deeply flavored caffeine rich powder. “Matcha” drinks have high nutritional value. The drinks are a potent source of nutrients. The powder is high in Vitamins-Potassium, Sodium, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium. They are rich in antioxidants, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, and aids in sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. “Matcha” has been shown to boost metabolism, and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.

The Japanese traditional ceremonial tea is a refreshing and cooling drink, normally served in hot water. The traditional “Matcha” drink taste is bitter and has astringency properties. Some prefer it as an ingredient in sweet drinks, foods and desserts. In USA coffee shops, such as Starbucks, “Matcha” is the prime ingredient, combined with milk and sugar, of “Green Tea Crème Frappuccino.” “Matcha” adds a unique taste to sweets. “Matcha Kitcut” is a famous chocolate dessert. Mix with flour to make pancake, waffle, cookies, and mix with milk and sugar to make pudding, mouse, and green tea ice cream. Many Japanese traditional sweets use “Matcha’s” dark green hue to create a food color affect, such as seen in “Matcha” snowballs.

Try “Matcha” for your health and well being.

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